Wander through inspiring seaside landscapes interspersed with coastal villages on the world-class 44-kilometre multi-use Surf Coast Walk trail. The trail's easy access and 12 trail heads make it perfect for short, long or multiday experiences.
The Surf Coast Walk takes in the beaches near Australia's surf capital, Torquay, including iconic Bells Beach, before striking out for Point Addis' grand vistas of sweeping bays and impressive lookouts. Walkers can learn about local Indigenous heritage on the Wathaurung Country Walk and be wowed by more soaring cliffs at Anglesea and Point Roadknight. The Split Point lighthouse signals the trail’s end at Fairhaven.
A tailored walk for all abilities
Journey in either direction or break your walk into shorter sections according to how far you'd like to walk and which coastal features you'd like to see. Car park access points are dotted along its length, as well as plentiful public transport (coach) drop-off and pick-up points useful for getting on and off the trail.
The trail is shared-use for many sections. Cycling is permitted from the start point at Point Impossible all the way through to Ironbark Basin car park, to the north of Point Addis. Cyclists can rejoin the trail at Hurst Road car park (accessible via a dirt two-wheel drive road), and ride all the way into Anglesea to Point Roadknight. Other sections are walker-only designated, except for a short section from Split Point Lighthouse car park to the trail’s end at Fairhaven.
An Impossible beginning
Traditionally the starting point of the trail is considered the northern end at Point Impossible between Torquay and Breamlea. From Point Impossible the Surf Coast Walk tracks southwest along a gravel road behind the dunes of Whites Beach, through traditional Wathaurung Country, where Indigenous inhabitants camped for thousands of years.
The trail eventually reaches the outskirts of Torquay, the wellspring of Australia's surfing culture. The town’s promenade skirts Torquay’s Front Beach and Cosy Corner to Point Danger, which features an expansive lookout back towards Point Impossible.
Wide, sweeping trails
Heading up and over Rocky Point, leave Torquay behind in favour of the wide, sweeping trails that weave between the village of Jan Juc and its impressive cliff-backed beaches and past Bird Rock to the famous Bells Beach clifftops.
The trail briefly leaves to coast to explore the coastal heathlands and delve into the Ironbark Basin, a unique patch of woodland wilderness. Spectacular lookouts over Addiscot Beach and a Koorie Cultural Walk are highlights before you join a short beach section, climbing up through the Great Otway National Park to the cliffs of Anglesea.